Clare has been miserable since her exorcism. The preacher that rid her of evil didn’t understand that her demon—simply known as Her—was like a sister to Clare. Now, Clare will do almost anything to get Her back. After a chance encounter with the son of the preacher who exorcised her, Clare goes on an adventure through the dark underbelly of her small Southern town, discovering its deep-seated occult roots. As she searches for Her, she must question the fine lines between good and evil, love and hate, and religion and free will. Vivid and sharp, The Good Demon tells the unusual story of friendship amid dark Gothic horror.
The Good Demon Jimmy Cajoleas Amulet Books, 2018 Source: Library, Review Copy
I had a hard time understanding what this book was trying to be. Mystery? Romance? Horror? The reader was just dropped into the story. Usually, the "exorcism," or whatever you choose to call it, is the highlight of a horror story plot. But when The Good Demon began, all of that was already over. I am glad that the author revisited some of those scenes in flashbacks to fill in the reader. It definitely made the story better.
By the end of the book, I decided that The Good Demon was horror, but I wasn't scared at all while reading it. It was more eerie and dark. How disappointing. It was a bit of a roller coaster, too. First the main character, Clare, felt one way and then another about everyone and everything around her. However, she always seemed disconnected from all that she observed - except, of course, her demon - which only caused me to feel no connection to Clare at all. Furthermore, I was not invested in her mission. Why would I root for a main character to get a demon back??? No good can come from that.
Overall, it was a fast read, and somewhat suspenseful, but not my favorite.